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Phoenix Residents Lead Less Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Arizona is Less Healthy Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Life Expectancy in Pittsburgh On Par With Nation

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Pittsburgh, PA metro area, life expectancy is 78.0 years at birth, lower than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Pennsylvania, life expectancy […]

Phoenix Residents Live Longer Than the Average American

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ metro area, life expectancy is 79.9 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Arizona, life expectancy […]

Arizona Managed No Better Than the Average U.S. State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is Less Common in Phoenix

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area, 60.5% of residents own their homes, lower than the national homeownership rate and the lowest of any metro area in Arizona. Young Americans are far […]

Poverty Rate in Phoenix Above National Level

An estimated 16.2% of residents in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ metro area live below the poverty line, a larger share than the national poverty rate of 14.7% and a smaller share than the state’s poverty rate of 17.4%. Phoenix has the second lowest poverty rate of any Arizona metro area. A high school education can mean […]

Why Students Graduating College in Arizona Have Less Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Phoenix Commutes No Longer Than Average U.S. City

The average resident of the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area spends 26.2 minutes commuting to work, roughly equivalent to the national average of 26.4 minutes and longer than the statewide average of 25.1 minutes. Phoenix residents have the longest commute of any metro area in Arizona. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the […]

Phoenix Residents Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 15.3% of adults in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 16.5% statewide smoking rate. The Phoenix smoking rate is the fourth lowest in Arizona. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

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